Regimental ties date back to the mid to late 19th century in Great Britain and were used to display ones "regimental" colors and symbols. In the 18th century British sports and country clubs started to use colors to differentiate themselves. These colors were proudly displayed on jackets, caps, flags, and also neckties.
Others accredit the British army for the creation of the regimental tie, used to differentiate between different regiments - a military unit. By the end of the 19th century the British army abolished their brightly colored, and very visible uniforms, for a more practical, camouflaged version. To keep the tradition of regimental colors, the regimental necktie was created. Soldiers wore the tie as part of their formal, non-combat, uniforms.
At Ties-Necktie we carry a large assortment of Regimental Ties and classic British striped ties. Traditional regimental colors are: Navy, Burgundy, Sand-tone Yellows, and Hunter Green. Although embroidered symbols have been used, traditionally the regimental tie is striped and made from a slightly more rigid, repp-structured fabric.
Slightly less common are regimental ties with embroidered symbols and logos. These ties are often times also known as "crested ties". One of the most well known crested ties is the tie from British Royal Air Force created in 1918. This regiment was created by merging two brigades, the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Naval Service. To upkeep the colors and tradition of both regiments, a tie was created that kept the colors of one regiment while embroidering the logo of the other. The picture above shows the regimental tie from the British Royal Air Force in 1918.